Deck crew clearing ice onboard a Stena P-MAX in winter conditions.

Northern Marine Management


Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Northern Marine Management (NMM) provides ship management services to the Stena Sphere and selected external clients through our global network of offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Gothenburg, St. Petersburg, Houston, Manila, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore.

In August 2013, NMM reached an agreement with Chevron to establish the Chevron Learning and Development Centre within the grounds of the existing NMM site in Clydebank, Glasgow. The Centre will host a number of state of the art bridge and engine room simulators for use by both Chevron and NMM seafarers. The formation of the Centre further strengthens the long term relationship between Stena and Chevron.

Development in the Far East

In January 2013, NMM acquired outright ownership of the Austen Maritime Group in Singapore, previously a 50–50 joint venture with P&O Australia. This development allows NMM to focus on the enhancement of the scope of shipping-related ­services delivered from the Singapore group.

During the course of the year, Stena Marine Shanghai was established, with premises located in central Shanghai. This development followed the award of NMM’s first ship management contract with a Chinese shipping company subsequent to a sustained focus on business development with partners based in the Far East.

2013 also marked the occasion of NMM’s achieving 30 years in business, during which steady profitable growth was achieved.

Focus on cost control, safety and energy

In line with the previous few years, the main focus of vessel owners and operators during 2013 was on maintaining cost control at a time when revenues were declining. Regulation in the industry is continuously increasing, and the cost of complying with increased regulation impacted operating costs in 2013.

Demand from clients for a quality service continues regardless of the economic environment, with safety and energy management continuing to be treated as priorities.

NMM have a fully certified Energy Management System (the first shipping company in the world to achieve such accreditation) with well-developed software tools to enable close monitoring of energy consumption, assisting the team to make the changes in operations which make a difference to energy consumption.

Best quality personnel drives quality standards

NMM strives to attract, train and retain the best quality personnel the industry can offer and this remains a major focus in order to safeguard competent, fully trained staff to meet the long-term needs of the clients’ developing fleets. Ensuring the safety of the company’s seagoing and shore-based staff is paramount and NMM will continue to invest substantially in training and focus on minimising any exposure to risk.

NMM is constantly driving up quality standards, looking at ways of improving and developing systems and processes. By cultivating a culture of continuous improvement, NMM aims to meet and exceed the clients’ expectations in delivering quality operations. The development of NMM’s existing client fleet over the past few years indicates a high level of satisfaction and NMM continues to support the client base in expanding and enhancing their operations.

Northern Marine Management is well prepared to embrace each of the challenges that the industry is faced with.

MD Comment

With a slowly improving global economic climate, the coming twelve months will continue to present owners and managers with challenges in keeping operating costs within the tightly focused client approved budgets whilst sustaining the safe and efficient operation of vessels. Increases in fuel, employment and insurance costs are likely to have the largest impact in 2014, along with the cost of having to comply with increased regulation.

NMM is well placed to support our clients through the continuing challenging economic conditions with an extremely experienced staff base, focusing on providing first class ship management services combined with optimal operational safety and security.

Hugh Ferguson  Managing Director 
Northern Marine Management

Northern Marine Management • Case Clydebank

Infusing cadets with a sense of Stena pride

Now in the second year of operation, the NMM Clydebank Training Centre continues to grow from strength to strength. From starting out with the delivery of a few basic safety courses for seafarers, the centre today delivers a full range of simulator training.

With over 300 graduates in 2013, the Training Centre is focused on delivering high quality training to seafarers. As the reputation of the Centre has grown, so has the external client base. Besides the Stena fleet the Training Centre now hosts delegates from industry leaders such as Chevron and Shell.

The Training Centre delivers the latest Electronic Navigational and Liquid Cargo Simulator Training, Leadership and Management Training as well as Navigational Bridge Simulator Based Training to sea­farers. The centre is accredited by both the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the classification society Bureau Veritas, to the highest industry standard.

“With such a large focus on quality and training in Northern Marine, officer cadets are naturally one of our top priorities, with over 200 cadets of various nationalities currently employed. The importance of ensuring that these new trainees feel valued is paramount and we ensure that they  receive consistent, high quality training and mentoring from recruitment to graduation as an Officer Of the Watch (OOW)”, says Dhan Swadi, Personnel Director at Northern Marine Management.

“The development of the Training Centre has taken this to a new level, allowing us to deliver in-house education to infuse cadets with a sense of Stena pride and loyalty.”

NMM cares for its seafarers! This year will also see the completion of the new building in Clydebank which will house the Chevron Learning and Development Centre. The two storey building will have state of the art training facilities in-house on the ground floor, whilst the upper floor shall accommodate the NMM Chevron Manning team along with instructors and training staff.

The significant investment in the centre includes two Full mission Navigational Bridge Simulators, one Full mission Engine Room Simulator, six Mini Bridge and Engine Room Simulators, one MAN B&W Engine Simulator, one Main Engine manoeuvring and control simulator as well as Automation, Hydraulic and Refrigeration simulators.

“The centre will be used for the mutual benefit of both Stena and Chevron seafarers. In excess of 30 training courses will be delivered at the centre for both Chevron and NMM/Stena officers and cadets, including simulator aided competency assessment”, concludes Dhan Swadi.

Building work has commenced and completion date is around the first week of August 2014, training courses shall commence soon thereafter.

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